The US Really Doesn’t Have A Lot Of Options In Syria

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In Syria, chemical weapons and attacks on hospitals have become the norm. By the end of last year, health care facilities had been attacked almost 500 times since the start of the conflict, mostly by Russian and Syrian warplanes. The Syrian government was accused of using chemical weapons more than 175 times.

To put those numbers into perspective: Now, just barely more than a month into 2018, there’ve been reports of at least five chlorine attacks and four hospital bombings. So what can the U.S. do about it? Well, its hands are kind of tied.

“It will be difficult for the Americans to prevent the Russians and the Syrians from doing this directly, unless we’re willing to go eyeball to eyeball with the Russian air force over northwestern Syria. The Russians fly combat operations over there almost daily,” former U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford told Newsy.

Ford was the last U.S. ambassador to Syria and now teaches at Yale University and is a fellow at the Middle East Institute.

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“The other thing we could think about doing is increasing sanctions that would bite specifically on the Russian military and its sources of finance, the large Russian industrial conglomerates that supply it and those conglomerates’ financial interests, their banking ties, for example,” he said.

Without getting the military involved, the U.S. doesn’t really have a lot of options for fixing things in Syria — at least the places where it doesn’t have any boots on the ground. With its current policy, Ford says sanctions that hinder Russia’s military might be the best U.S. option.

“I think the Americans need to be realistic about how important Syria is to them and set attainable goals. I don’t think we can fix the Russian and Syrian …read more

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